Hyundai created the new Elantra GT by taking the engine and transmission from the Elantra sedan and marrying it to a more performance-oriented chassis, wrapped in a crisp hatchback design that emulates some European cars. The result is a practical compact hatchback that’s a pleasure to drive.
The base Elantra GT has just enough spirit to feel sporty. Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 161 horsepower, and that’s helped by the quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission in our test car. This is a responsive powertrain, but it won’t set anyone’s heart on fire with its acceleration. Fuel economy, measured at 28 mpg overall, lags behind its most direct competitor, the Mazda3 hatchback. Plus it trails the 33 mpg recorded with the Elantra sedan.